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Soundcard & Speakers tweak guide

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Creative SoundBlaster Live! & Audigy settings

Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel & select AudioHQ. Open the Mixer applet & select the Advanced Mode button. Note – If using a Live! some of the following options may not appear exactly as shown, if at all.

Speakers. From the drop down menu here select the Speaker system you are connecting to as appropriate (Or the closest available option), e.g. if you have the Creative Inspire 5.1 5300 Speakers (As I do) then set this to 5.1 Speakers.

Digital Output Only. When Ticked a digital audio signal will be sent via the digital output jack to be converted by the DAC onboard the receiver you have connected. This can be beneficial as the receiver may have better quality DACs than the Live!/Audigy does or be subject to less EMI, which in either case should yield optimal audio quality.

The Live!/Audigy can also, unlike other non-Creative Soundcards, send a 2, 4 or 5.1 channel signal (As per the Speakers setting) using the digital output when connected to certain systems, e.g. Inspire 5700 & MegaWorks 510D, using a 4 pole mini-jack (Other systems will merely output this signal as stereo if not supported). As such you may wish to test this option out should be connected to a Creative speaker system using the supplied digital cable. On other non-Creative systems it is only recommended you enable this option should be using a 2/2.1 system with digital input (Though again test this option to check which provides better sound quality). Untick this option if your speaker system features analog inputs only.

Volume. Use the slider bar here to set the global volume level for Audio output. Move this slider to Up to increase the global volume level & vice versa. It is generally recommended that you set these to 70% or thereabouts if you intend to adjust the Bass/Treble levels, this will reduce the amount of amplification the Soundcard can apply to a source, which could cause audio artefacts at higher levels. Although should you not intend to be adjust the Bass/Treble levels then you should be able to increase the volume level to a much greater level without compromising quality. This setting is of course affected by the volume level you’ve set your speakers too, so you may need to adjust the volume level of your speakers as well.

Bass. This slider bar controls the level of amplification for perceivable lower range audio frequencies (20Hz – 250Hz). Move this slider Up to increase this level & vice versa. Press the yellow arrow to reset this to the default level.

Treble. This slider bar controls the level of amplification for perceivable higher range audio frequencies (6kHz –20kHz). Move this slider Up to increase this level & vice versa. Press the yellow arrow to reset this to the default level.

Wave/MP3, MIDI , etc. These sliders can be used to adjust the volume level of different audio sources, moving a slider Up will increase the volume level of a source & vice versa.

 



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